I was never given an agreement. Had to file a complaint with CA BAR after 15 months to get an invoice listing where my money went. No breakdown of $20k he claims was paid to the PI. Continued to charge me after I informed him that the money I had sent was the last payment.
Hiring a lawyer for this shouldn't be too difficult. If you're looking for pro bono help, try Legal Aid, if you're eligible.
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This should not be difficult.
First, obtain a copy of the agreement bearing your signature. It may include an attorney fee clause, which might work in your favor per CC1717.
Second, make a written demand for an itemization of the costs.
If there was a recovery from which costs were paid, ask also for a full accounting of the amounts received.
Then, if you aren't satisfied, talk to an experienced lawyer who has no history of ethical violations with the state bar.
You can check that at http://members.calbar.ca.gov/search/member.aspx